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									AP Lang. & Comp.
Valley High School
Ms. Milburn

                                                 “The Boston Photographs”
                                                       Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron wrote When Harry Met Sally and Heartburn, now popular movies. But she began her writing career as a serious
essayist. This essay explores the ethics of photojournalism, documenting and analyzing the controversy that erupted when the
Boston Herald American published three dramatic photos by Stanley Forman—a series taken on July 22, 1975, in which a
firefighter attempts to rescue a mother and child from an unstable fire escape.

Whole Class Discussion Questions:
    Why does Ephron begin with the words of the photographer Stanley Forman? What information—as well as
        perspective—does her opening paragraph convey?
    What were the responses of newspaper readers in 1975? Why do you think readers responded so vehemently? Would
        readers today respond the same way?
    Compare these images to the image posted on the blog—of a baby thrown out of the 4 floor in a burning building.
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        What are the similarities/differences?
    Throughout this essay, Ephron quotes extensively, both the negative viewers’ reactions and the defending editor’s
        responses. Find the quotations and discuss why Ephron uses them.
    How much of Ephron’s essay is recounting the facts? Recounting the viewers’ reactions and the editor’s defense?
        Giving her own analysis? Note these parts of the essay and discuss the balance among them.
    Compare your conclusion to Ephron’s: that the photos “deserve to be printed because they are great pictures,
        breathtaking pictures of something that happened” (last paragraph).
    Imagine yourselves to be the editor-in-chief of a newspaper. Write a “code of ethics” for what visual images your
        newspaper will—and will not—print. Assign a recorder for this portion of the discussion and hand in.




AP Lang. & Comp.
Valley High School
Ms. Milburn

                                                 “The Boston Photographs”
                                                       Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron wrote When Harry Met Sally and Heartburn, now popular movies. But she began her writing career as a serious
essayist. This essay explores the ethics of photojournalism, documenting and analyzing the controversy that erupted when the
Boston Herald American published three dramatic photos by Stanley Forman—a series taken on July 22, 1975, in which a
firefighter attempts to rescue a mother and child from an unstable fire escape.

Whole Class Discussion Questions:
    Why does Ephron begin with the words of the photographer Stanley Forman? What information—as well as
        perspective—does her opening paragraph convey?
    What were the responses of newspaper readers in 1975? Why do you think readers responded so vehemently? Would
        readers today respond the same way?
    Compare these images to the image posted on the blog—of a baby thrown out of the 4 floor in a burning building.
                                                                                               th

        What are the similarities/differences?
    Throughout this essay, Ephron quotes extensively, both the negative viewers’ reactions and the defending editor’s
        responses. Find the quotations and discuss why Ephron uses them.
    How much of Ephron’s essay is recounting the facts? Recounting the viewers’ reactions and the editor’s defense?
        Giving her own analysis? Note these parts of the essay and discuss the balance among them.
    Compare your conclusion to Ephron’s: that the photos “deserve to be printed because they are great pictures,
        breathtaking pictures of something that happened” (last paragraph).
    Imagine yourselves to be the editor-in-chief of a newspaper. Write a “code of ethics” for what visual images your
        newspaper will—and will not—print. Assign a recorder for this portion of the discussion and hand in.

								
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